Since 2003, the International Conference on Space Mission Challenges for Information Technology (SMC-IT) has gathered system and software engineers, scientists, and other practitioners with the objective of advancing information technology (IT) for space missions. As IT has progressively grown in importance to space exploration efforts and vice versa, it often becomes a major driver for what can be accomplished in space, as well as frequently dominating costs and schedules of space missions. The conference will provide an excellent opportunity for technical interchange for all aspects of IT used for space missions.
In 2019, the conference will emphasize current and emerging IT best practices, opportunities, and challenges for future space missions and enhancement of current missions. All aspects of space missions will be explored, including: flight systems, ground systems, science data processing, engineering and development tools, operations, and communications. The entire IT lifecycle of mission development, operations, and evolution will be considered.
SMC-IT 2019 continues the practice of rotating venues to better engage regional communities. In 2019, SMC-IT will return to its roots by being held in Pasadena, California.